117 new cases of Covid-19

    Total cases in Malta surpass 8,000 mark

    Miguela Xuereb

    Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

    The health authorities have reported 117 new cases of Covid-19 in their latest daily bulletin on Sunday afternoon.

    There have also been 63 recoveries, and consequently, the number of known active cases has gone up to 2,171, once more setting a new record.

    OFFICIAL COVID-19 figures for 15•11•2020Chris Fearne | MaltaGov | Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate

    Posted by saħħa on Sunday, November 15, 2020

    The new cases were identified through 3,120 swab tests: 383,129 such tests have been carried out in Malta since the start of the pandemic.

    There have been 8,034 known cases of Covid-19 in Malta since the start of the pandemic. While 5,765 have since recovered, the pandemic has claimed 97 lives.

    Minimal contact tracing achieved

    As is custom, the bulletin featured the outcome of the contact tracing effort carried out in relation to the previous day’s cases. But only a small minority – 24 – of the 121 cases reported on Saturday have been conclusively traced.

    These include 19 family members of previously-known cases, which for obvious reasons would be the easiest cases to trace. Two other cases were work colleagues and two were direct contacts of known cases, while the other case was imported.

    Consequently, 97 cases – 80% – are being treated as sporadic.